Thirteen editions of The Co-operator were published between August 1984 and September 1986 by the Gay Publications Co-operative Ltd in the Australian State of Victoria. The Co-operator was funded by the
Co-operative Development Program in the Victorian Government's Ministry of Employment and Training. The CDP was established to support the development of worker and community co-operatives. When the CDP was abandoned by the Government, funding for The Co-operator ceased. The editorial in the first and last issue of The Co-operator stated: The Co-operator aimed to consider problems and issues relevant to the emerging co-operative sector. It is hoped to cover subjects as diverse as industrial democracy, occupational health and safety, affirmative action, marketing and promotion, trade union relations, taxation, co-operative development and education and to be a forum for debate. We have attempted to fulfill these aims better and better over the months."Issue no 13 of September 1986 includes an Index to articles across the 13 issues of The Co-operator.